[Proj] Use of SQLite

Howard Butler howard at hobu.co
Mon May 21 10:49:37 EST 2018

On 5/21/18 10:34 AM, Martin Desruisseaux wrote:
> Le 21/05/2018 à 17:12, Sebastiaan Couwenberg a écrit :
>> It forbids distribution of the EPSG Facilities for profit, not the data.
> Note that §1 in EPSG terms of use said (emphasis is mine): /"“EPSG
> Facilities” means the Registry, the EPSG Dataset (published through the
> Registry *or through a downloadable MS-Access file or through a set of
> SQL scripts* that enable a user to create an Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
> or other database and populate that database with the EPSG Dataset)"/.
> So to me, forbids "for profit" distribution of EPSG data too since they
> are created from the downloaded SQL scripts. But as said in my previous
> email, this constraints is relaxed in §6iii (but it still not fall in
> the category of open source license).
Does anyone from EPSG track this mailing list? It would seem the terms
of their license are causing the thing that they seek to limit -- the
changing and permutation of their database -- by people looking for
creative ways to comply while still in essence basing software on the
common definitions.

Sticky philosophical issues aside, from a practical standpoint, an
industry that wants late-binding out of the GDAL/PROJ/Friends stack must
recognize that the dictionaries are a critical piece of infrastructure
to make it all work. EPSG's licensing approach seems to me like good
intentions mixed with inexperience in open software licensing. It would
be instructive to explicitly hear what EPSG was trying to prevent with
its licensing approach rather than trying to legal wrangle their license
without the context.


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